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Friday, 14 July 2017

If you want something to happen, focus on it.

Focusing means taking time to focus.

When I first heard about Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 hour rule, I thought that it was either a brilliant idea or a joke. A brilliant idea because it was difficult to disprove, yet its premise sounded so plausible. It would be one of those ideas that would take a long time to prove, or disprove, just as the theory of evolution and survival of the fittest was in the time of Charles Darwin.

But in today's world, we are forced to learn things, to accomplish things. Learning takes time, and effective learning means focusing on something until you have understood it, grasped it.

Unfortunately, the younger generation seem to lack an ability to focus, because they get distracted very easily. Focusing, in effect, means not getting distracted. It means, putting your efforts into something for a prolonged period of time.

Why the need to focus?

I believe that you can work on something sporadically, on and off, and you will not see anything come from your efforts. 

Imagine if you were given 24 hours of a day to paint a masterpiece; yet you only have 30 to 60 seconds out of every 20 minutes. That means 3 minutes every hour. If you wanted, you could get 72 minutes every day, in total, but broken up across 24 hours, with 30 to 60 seconds out of every 20 minutes.

You might be able to finish your masterpiece, but it's quite certain that it would be a challenge, even for accomplished artists.

Instead, you might be better off taking all those minutes, lump them together, and make time for the activity through lumping.

72 minutes, in a continuous stretch, might bring out the best in you.

You see, I believe that when you do something continuously, there's a chance that something will change.

For example, you need to cook meat continuously before it becomes edible. You certainly cannot effect the necessary changes if you only cook it 30 to 60 seconds out of every 20 minutes. When it has been cooked continuously, it becomes edible. (In fact, sometimes meat can become soft and "fall off the bones", but only when it has been cooked for a continuous period of time.)

Another example may be sex. (Pardon me, I'll try to keep it as brief as possible.) You see, if you have a partner who only wants "it" for 30 to 60 seconds out of every 20 minutes, there's a good chance that you will both not see the climax. But if you both decide to pursue "it" for 72 minutes, things might be different...

So, the conclusion is that you need to do something, continuously.

If it is studying, you need to study for a continuous period of time.

If it is work, you need to work for an extended stretch of time.

If it is fun, you need it in a continuous stretch so that it really feels fun.

Whatever you do, just be sure that you have the time to focus , and learn.